Some features to look for while you buy a portable Bluetooth speaker:
If your speakers are only for home, they are safe as they stay in a climate-controlled space without any trouble from moisture or extreme temperature.
However, in the case of a portable speaker, the speaker has to be tougher as they are to be carried around, they are also to be used outdoors with extreme temperature and moisture, and dirt. Therefore, a rugged design is a necessity.
With the help of the IP Code rating, you can judge the dust and water resistance of the speaker.
This rating was created by the international electrotechnical commission to set a standard for rating how well an electrical system can resist exposure to water and particles.
A5 indicates that the device is not at all dust resistant.
A6 indicated that it is completely dustproof.
The second digit rates water protection. 4 rating means that it has protection from occasional splashing. 5 and 6 mean that they are protected from jets of water. If you are looking for a portable speaker, the rating should be at least 7, which means that even if you submerge it in water of 1 meter deep for even 30 mins, it will be okay. a rating of 8 is even better as stated.
Along with being waterproof, some speakers have more additional features. for example, brave BRV Mini is not only waterproof but also floats increasing the chance for you to find it in case you have dropped it in water.
2. Sound quality
Portable speakers, do need to be durable but they should also have good sound quality. While buying a speaker you will need to make sure that your speaker reproduces sound accurately without any type of distortion or noise and that it is loud enough for you to hear clearly where ever you go.
The best way to see which speaker is better is by listening to it yourself.
Many stores have special areas set up so that customers can do their type of testing. the staff can also be helpful. However, stores like these are expensive and rare.
The next best thing that you can do is carefully read the online review of the speaker you are willing to buy. you may be able to find a review of a great depth of information by people who are knowledgeable in this field.
It is easy to measure the volume of the speaker. in the details of the product, you will find the number of watts the speaker uses.
3W is mainly for small speakers which are okay for individual listening.
But if you are looking for a party speaker then you can go for JBL Boombox 2 which packs two 40-watt speakers.
3. Battery life
Battery life is another important feature to look for as you are to carry the speaker around with almost no source of charge.
However, batteries have come a long way, nowadays batteries can keep speakers on for a long time.
Most portable speakers have a battery life of about 5 hours at least.
In the case of big ones such as the Sony SRS-, XB43 they have a battery life of 24 hours after a single charge.
There are many good speakers which have good sound quality with nice battery life and come for around $40. if you are willing to invest more you can go for speakers for around $120 to $400
Designers face the problem of fitting many features in a small speaker. if you want to have long Battery life, more batteries are included reducing the space for the speaker, and if you want more sound then the space for batteries decreases, and if you want all the features then the size of the speaker increases making it less portable.
By using more components, the prices of the speaker increase.
So, you should be aware of what you are looking for in a speaker.
If you are looking for portable speakers we recommend Anker, Bose, JBL, and Sony.
If you are getting cheap knockoffs then that means that the manufacturer has compromised any feature or made it out of bad quality materials.
So, if you want a good speaker go for branded ones after seeing their reviews.
Some of these speakers are
- JBL Charge 4
- Bose SoundLink Revolve +Portable and long-lasting Bluetooth 360 speaker
- JBL Boombox
Hope this article helps